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Black stools, irritation in the abdomen. Smoking and drinking habit. Treatment for symptoms?

i am 32 years old having good physic and considerable weight and height. i am having the liquor and smoking habit. but in case of taking the liquor habit, whenever, i used toconsume liquor, i have no the habit of taking stuff or food. but, on the next itself, i face black (may be red) gum stools and irritation in the abdomen . whom i have to contact and what the problem may be.
Asked On : Sun, 29 Jul 2012
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Addiction Medicine Specialist 's  Response

From what you have written, I understand that you take alcohol on an empty stomach. I would like you to know that alcohol irritates the lining of the stomach, which when severe, leads to bleeding from the stomach lining, manifesting as black stools. If the stomach is empty when alcohol is taken, the damage is more. Smoking also causes gastritis. So, the best possible option for you would be to consider quitting both smoking and alcohol, for which you may consult a psychiatrist. In addition, you can consult a gastroenterologist for assessment and management of the damage to stomach already done.

Hope this has been of help. Best wishes.
Answered: Thu, 4 Jul 2013
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